Crockpots – also called slow-cookers – are enjoying recent resurgence in popularity. The item that was a necessity in every kitchen in the 70s is being pulled out of mothballs and new ones are flying off the shelves as people are striving to give their families a hot, healthy meal for less money and without spending hours in the kitchen. Old crockpot recipes are resurfacing and new ones are being created.
The uncertain economic and health situation caused by global pandemic has made it necessary for many to save money where they can without sacrificing health or enjoyment of life. And while many people may be spending more time at home these days, our lessened ability to go out make it all the more important to keep the home established as a place of comfort, happiness, and support rather than associated with drudgery and chores.
And even those who love cooking enough to not view it as a chore might experience issues with disrupted schedules, favored ingredients not always in supply, extra responsibilities to manage, or simply other things they wish to be doing at this time.
Crockpot recipes tend to make life simpler by letting you combine ingredients in the morning and let the crockpot do the work, leaving you free to attend to other activities throughout the day.
Crockpot recipes are designed to deliver a healthy, well-cooked meal that isn’t mushy or overcooked. Here are some tips that will help you turn out crockpot meals that will delight your family and save money:
- Use seasonings freely. Some crockpot recipes call for all-day cooking, and that can dilute the flavor of some foods, so use those delectable seasonings like seasoned salt or pepper or any herb or spice that you enjoy cooking with.
- When cooking a crockpot recipe that calls for meat, be sure that you trim excess fat and that it fits nicely into your crockpot.
- If you’re using a crockpot recipe that calls for vegetables requiring extra cooking time (such as carrots), place them at the bottom of the crockpot and put meat or other vegetables on top of them.
- Sometimes crockpot recipes tend to take the color out of your meal. If that happens, use garnishes freely to pump up visual appeal.
Crockpot recipes can be especially nice when you’re entertaining – the crockpot keeps food warm until ready to serve – and many cooks choose to serve the meal right out of the crockpot. They also create an atmosphere of hospitality by permeating the household with the enticing aromas of a delicious, homecooked meal.
Crockpots can be found in abundance at online websites. They range in price from about $20 — up, depending on how many extra settings you want or how you intend to cook with it. Before you choose one, look over some recipes and see what they require.